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The Power of One

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October 25, 2020
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Pastor and Evangelist Greg Laurie teaches the simple yet life changing message of the Gospel.

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  • ♪ This is the day whenthe lost are found ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, can you hear allthe angels are singing ♪
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  • ♪ This is the day
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  • ♪ The day when life begins
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  • - Hey everybody Greg Laurie here
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  • welcome my friend Eric Metaxas.
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  • Eric, title of my messageis the power of one.
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  • And you've writtenquite extensively
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  • about differentsignificant people
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  • that made a differencein their time.
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  • One name that comesto mind is Rosa Parks.
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  • Tell us a little bitabout why you chose her
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  • and what differenceher life made.
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  • - Well, it's interestingin my book "Seven Men"
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  • I wrote about the storyof Jackie Robinson
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  • and why he was chosen by BranchRickey, the general manager
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  • of the Dodgers to bethe first black American
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  • to play in the major leagues.
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  • Notice theyspecifically chose him
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  • because he was known not justto be a great ballplayer,
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  • he was phenomenal
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  • but he was known to be aman of deep Christian faith.
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  • And Branch Rickey said,
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  • "If we really want toaccomplish this great thing
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  • we have to be strategic."
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  • The scripture says"Be wise as serpents."
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  • I think a lot of timesthere are many Christians
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  • who think like I'mbeing wise as a dove.
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  • That's close enough,no wise as serpents.
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  • So Branch Rickey says"I'm gonna choose him
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  • because I know thatI can bank on him
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  • getting the idea that hehas to turn the other cheek.
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  • When people curseat him or whatever
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  • he is obliged for thesake of the sport,
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  • for the sake of his race
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  • he's obliged to not do thething he feels like doing.
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  • But to say, "I'mgoing to love my enemy
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  • so that we can accomplisha greater thing."
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  • So he pushes away his ownwill for the greater good,
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  • it's heroic.
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  • When I wrote "Seven Women"
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  • Rosa Parks popped into my head
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  • cause I thought it wasa very similar case.
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  • She was chosen in the,I guess it was 1954
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  • Montgomery bus boycott.
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  • They kind of wantedto to pick someone
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  • who they knew wouldserve as a symbol.
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  • And a couple of years earliersomething similar had happened
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  • where a young AfricanAmerican woman
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  • had been kicked off a bus
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  • but she'd been knownto have loose morals.
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  • She kind of cursed at the copsor the bus driver, whatever.
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  • They said, "When we do this,we need to pick someone
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  • who is above reproach,beyond reproach."
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  • And Rosa Parks wasknown to be serious
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  • about her Christian faith.
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  • A woman of great dignityof serious morality.
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  • So when they picked her theyknew she would be a symbol
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  • and people would look toher and they would think
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  • Oh, we wanna persecutethis dignified woman?
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  • Who's well-dressed and who's...
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  • And she was willingto go through thathell for her people.
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  • And not just for her people.
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  • Let's face it for justice,for what is right.
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  • But it came out ofher Christian faith
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  • the idea that shewanted to do this
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  • but it was herbehavior as a Christian
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  • that allowed thepowers that be to say,
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  • "We want her to be theface of this movement."
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  • And I just think thatwe forget sometimes
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  • that the civil rightsmovement in America
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  • and the abolitionistmovement against slavery
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  • was principallymotivated by people
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  • of devout Christian faith.
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  • We need to know that theway we have made progress
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  • against theabomination of slavery
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  • and against the horrorsof the Jim Crow laws
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  • was with peopleof Christian faith
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  • living out the substanceof their faith.
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  • By saying according to thescripture this is wrong.
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  • And by the way for somebody whodoesn't believe in the Bible
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  • I wanna ask them, so whydo you say racism is wrong?
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  • Just cause you say it's wrong.
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  • It is wrong accordingto what God says
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  • about his love that's equalfor every human being.
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  • And so these peopleknew they were right.
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  • And they said, "We'regonna live out our faith
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  • and we're gonna beactivist in this way."
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  • But they wereactivists in God's way,
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  • whether it was JackieRobinson or Rosa Parks
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  • or Martin Luther King, it wasabout a Christian witness.
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  • It was not about ragingagainst the oppressor.
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  • It was not about killingthe slave owners.
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  • In the case of abolition,I wrote about Wilberforce.
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  • It's a classic case ofhow he handled that.
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  • And the case of civilrights here in America
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  • it was principally devoutChristians behaving
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  • like Christians as they fought.
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  • Martin Luther King, Jr. said
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  • "When you're on this bus
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  • and if you're not readyto turn the other cheek
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  • get off the bus.
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  • If you're a troublemaker, getoff the bus, we can't use you.
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  • You will send us backward."
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  • - Wow.
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  • - And that's the differencebetween those movements
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  • and some of whatwe're seeing today
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  • there is some rageand some violence
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  • and things that issetting the cause backward
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  • and is confusing people.
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  • In other words, there are peoplewho are just looking at it
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  • and thinking this is confusing.
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  • I don't know what to believe.
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  • Martin Luther King inparticular was very careful
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  • about managing theappearance of the movement
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  • so that people on thefence would look and say,
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  • "Listen those are good people.
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  • There is no questionthat they're on theright side of this.
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  • Just look at how they'rehandling this persecution."
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  • That's the power of love.
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  • That is the powerof nonviolence,
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  • which is expressed aslove for one's enemies.
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  • If you really wannaaccomplish something
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  • Jesus shows us the way to do it.
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  • And when we havedone it that way
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  • we have accomplished something.
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  • And unfortunately right now
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  • some people have reallyconfused things so dramatically
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  • that I think it's settingthings back in the country.
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  • We have to do thesethings Jesus's way.
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  • He's the only hope to forgivethose that have harmed us
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  • and persecuted us.
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  • And that's thepower of the gospel.
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  • The gospel touches everything.
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  • It touches race relations.
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  • It touches how we do government.
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  • As I said, we wouldn'thave the freedoms we have
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  • in this country, if not for avirtuous and religious people
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  • and all these thingsare connected.
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  • So anytime anyone talksto me about religion
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  • it's almost like thefirst thing I wanna say is
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  • our faith should not be private
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  • and in some littlereligious corner.
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  • Even our constitution saysthat we have religious liberty
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  • to exercise ourfaith everywhere.
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  • Not just in some little building
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  • and then when you come out youbow to the secular authority
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  • of the state.
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  • No, your faith is supposedto be part of everything.
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  • It's supposed to be reflectedin everything you say
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  • and do in your life.
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  • Otherwise you don'treally have faith.
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  • And that's something I thinksome people struggle with.
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  • And it's part of why I dothat out of what I do is
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  • because I just wanna showour faith need to always be
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  • a religious thing so to speak.
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  • It can just infuseevery conversation,
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  • everything that we do.
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  • Very important thatpeople of faith get that.
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  • - It was 1994, I hadjust signed a book deal
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  • with a majorChristian publisher.
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  • And I was invited tobe a part of a tour,
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  • sort of a metaphoricalbus tour with one stop.
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  • I was with some other wellknown Christian authors.
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  • So as I boarded the bus, Iwas the new kid on the block.
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  • I was taking it all in
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  • and I saw this smallwoman boarding the bus.
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  • She looked very familiar to me.
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  • And I asked someone, "Whois that lady over there?"
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  • And they said, "Well,that's Rosa Parks."
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  • I'm like, what?
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  • "Rosa parks thecivil rights legend?"
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  • And sure enough it wasRosa Parks on a bus.
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  • And I was on a bus with her.
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  • Now, in case you don't knowMrs. Parks made history
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  • when she refused to sitat the back of a bus.
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  • And back in those days inthe South that was segregated
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  • and there would be separatedrinking fountains and restrooms
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  • for people that weredescribed as color.
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  • And Mrs. Parks had the courageto stand up for her rights.
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  • And she walked right intothe pages of history.
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  • In fact, she was later awardedthe Congressional Gold Medal.
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  • By the way, that's a highesthonor given to a civilian.
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  • So here I am with Rosa Parks,civil rights legend on a bus.
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  • So I sat down behind her
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  • and I just began to askher a lot of questions.
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  • She told me her amazing story.
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  • Here's what I did notknow about Rosa Parks.
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  • I did not know about herstrong Christian faith.
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  • She was part of this tour
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  • because she had writtena book with the title,
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  • "Quiet Strength."
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  • And in her book, she writes,quote, "Every day before supper
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  • and before we went toservices on Sunday,
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  • my grandmother wouldread the Bible to me
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  • and my grandfather would pray.
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  • And then we would have devotions
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  • before going to pick cottonin the field," end quote.
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  • And then she says"Prayer and the Bible
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  • became a part of my everydaythoughts and beliefs.
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  • And I learned toput my trust in God
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  • and seek him as my strength."
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  • So Rosa Parks loved andfollowed Jesus Christ.
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  • And that gave her thecourage to make a stand.
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  • And I thanked her forthat stand that she took.
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  • The title of my messageis the power of one.
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  • Think about theinfluence of one woman,
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  • five foot three thatrefuse to be pushed
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  • to the back of a bus.
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  • Think of others thathave made history
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  • because they stood up forwhat is right, what is true.
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  • It's been said, quote, "Iam only one, but I am one.
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  • I cannot do everything,but I can do something.
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  • What I can do, I ought to do.
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  • And what I ought to do bythe grace of God, I will do!"
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  • One godly man, one godly woman
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  • in the darkest canmake a big difference.
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  • Jesus said, "You arethe salt of the earth
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  • but if the salt has lost itsflavor, what good is it?"
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  • You know, think about it.
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  • Just a pinch of salt
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  • can make all thedifference in the world.
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  • It can season something.
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  • I don't know ifyou've ever tried it
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  • but since it's summer put alittle salt on your watermelon
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  • it sort of takes itto the next level.
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  • Now, if you overdo it withsalt that can be a bad thing,
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  • but just the right amountcan make all the difference
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  • in the world.
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  • And listen, you maybe the only Christian
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  • in your sphere ofinfluence right now,
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  • you may be the onlyfollower of Jesus Christ
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  • that others will see.
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  • And a lot of times we'renot happy with where we are.
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  • We're not happy with theneighborhood we live in.
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  • We're not happy withthe job that we have.
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  • We're not happy with thepeople that are around us
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  • but did it ever occur toyou that God placed you
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  • where you are forsuch a time as this,
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  • is that a familiarphrase to you?
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  • It should be becauseit's in the Bible.
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  • And it's a statement thatwas made to queen Esther
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  • who won a beauty contest andbecame the queen of Persia.
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  • But she was a Jew
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  • and she had not revealedthat to the King Artaxerxes
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  • that she was married to.
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  • And a plot was hatched bya wicked man named Haman
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  • to execute all the Jews.
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  • But Esther was oblivious to it
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  • as she lived in thecomforts of the palace
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  • but her uncle Mordecaibrought it to her attention.
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  • And he said, "Esther, whoknows that God has not put you
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  • where you are forsuch a time as this."
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  • And God has done thesame for you as well.
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  • I wanna look now atthe power of one.
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  • One man, who throughhis godliness
  • 00:12:07.108 --> 00:12:10.111
  • and personal integrityeffectively kept two
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  • and a half million people
  • 00:12:13.481 --> 00:12:15.283
  • from turning tofull-tilt idolatry.
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  • And of course that man I'mtalking about is Moses.
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  • Remember in our last message
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  • we pointed out that Moseswhat's described simply as
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  • Moses the man of God.
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  • What greater complimentcan be paid to a man
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  • or a woman than to be describedas a man or a woman of God
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  • and what a differencehis life made?
  • 00:12:37.939 --> 00:12:40.675
  • And I'm gonna look at twopassages in this message
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  • and I'd like you to turn tothem with me, if you would.
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  • I'm gonna look atHebrews chapter 11
  • 00:12:46.614 --> 00:12:49.183
  • and Deuteronomy chapter 34.
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  • Again, Hebrews chapter 11and Deuteronomy chapter 34.
  • 00:12:51.986 --> 00:12:56.991
  • In Hebrews 11, we get a flyover of the life of Moses.
  • 00:12:56.991 --> 00:13:01.128
  • Now, remember Hebrews11 is what we call
  • 00:13:01.128 --> 00:13:04.432
  • the hero's hall of faith.
  • 00:13:04.432 --> 00:13:06.400
  • Great men and women of Godwho made a huge difference
  • 00:13:06.400 --> 00:13:10.171
  • because of the standthat they took.
  • 00:13:10.171 --> 00:13:12.273
  • And Moses is included inthis great hall of faith.
  • 00:13:12.273 --> 00:13:16.611
  • And here's what theBible says about him
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  • in Hebrews chapter11 verse 24 to 26.
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  • "It was by faith thatMoses, when he grew up
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  • refused to be called theson of Pharaoh's daughter
  • 00:13:25.019 --> 00:13:28.422
  • he chose to share theoppression of God's people.
  • 00:13:28.422 --> 00:13:31.325
  • Instead of enjoying thepleasures of sin for a time.
  • 00:13:31.325 --> 00:13:35.263
  • He thought it was better tosuffer for the sake of Christ
  • 00:13:35.263 --> 00:13:38.933
  • than to own the treasures ofEgypt for he was looking ahead
  • 00:13:38.933 --> 00:13:43.304
  • to his great reward."
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  • So if you're taking notes,here's point number one
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  • Moses made important decisionsat the beginning of his life.
  • 00:13:48.876 --> 00:13:53.881
  • Again, he madeimportant decisions
  • 00:13:54.982 --> 00:13:56.183
  • at the beginning of his life.
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  • Verse 24 says it was by faith
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  • that Moses when hegrew up refused.
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  • Remember how he ended upin the Pharaoh's palace.
  • 00:14:02.690 --> 00:14:05.860
  • The Pharaoh had given a decreethat all the Jewish baby boys
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  • should be put to death butMoses mother saved his life
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  • and they put themin a little basket
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  • and put it on the Nile river.
  • 00:14:15.870 --> 00:14:17.772
  • And it was just floating along.
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  • And it sort of stopped infront of the house of Pharaoh.
  • 00:14:19.407 --> 00:14:22.109
  • And as if on cue the babyMoses let out a little cry.
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  • And the daughter of the Pharaohsaw this beautiful child.
  • 00:14:26.514 --> 00:14:29.183
  • And the Bible says, "Hewas beautiful to look at.
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  • Her heart was touched.
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  • She took that childinto their home
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  • and raised him as her own son."
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  • So he was effectivelythe Prince of Egypt.
  • 00:14:38.092 --> 00:14:41.762
  • So if Moses had playedhis cards right,
  • 00:14:41.762 --> 00:14:44.131
  • he potentially could have beenthe next Pharaoh of Egypt.
  • 00:14:44.131 --> 00:14:48.069
  • But here is this veryimportant commentary
  • 00:14:48.069 --> 00:14:50.738
  • from Hebrews chapter 11.
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  • It says "That byfaith he refused."
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  • He refused.
  • 00:14:56.644 --> 00:14:57.845
  • And the phrasethat is used there
  • 00:14:57.845 --> 00:14:59.046
  • for him growing up meanshe had become great.
  • 00:14:59.046 --> 00:15:02.783
  • So Moses was at afork in the road.
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  • What's he gonna do?
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  • We all come toforks in the road.
  • 00:15:06.854 --> 00:15:08.923
  • Do I go this way ordo I go that way?
  • 00:15:08.923 --> 00:15:11.392
  • And then that will lead toanother fork in the road.
  • 00:15:11.392 --> 00:15:13.995
  • And then to even another.
  • 00:15:13.995 --> 00:15:15.396
  • And these pivotalmoments in our life
  • 00:15:15.396 --> 00:15:17.598
  • can make all the differenceas to how we end up.
  • 00:15:17.598 --> 00:15:21.869
  • But here's what Moses figured.
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  • Look, I know Egypt offers a lot.
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  • He's in the finest university,raised in the palace,
  • 00:15:26.173 --> 00:15:29.877
  • eating the best food around,
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  • living in the verylap of luxury.
  • 00:15:31.746 --> 00:15:34.148
  • But that was not what he wanted
  • 00:15:34.148 --> 00:15:36.550
  • because he wanted to bewith God's people, the Jews.
  • 00:15:36.550 --> 00:15:40.021
  • So it says "He simply refused."
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  • He refused and hegave something up.
  • 00:15:43.024 --> 00:15:45.359
  • In fact, he gave alot up to be honest.
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  • He made a great sacrifice.
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  • Lemme ask you a question.
  • 00:15:50.264 --> 00:15:51.799
  • Have you given up somethingto follow Jesus Christ?
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  • Lemme say this to you.
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  • Whatever you have givenup to follow Christ
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  • will be more than madeup to you in this life
  • 00:15:59.240 --> 00:16:02.810
  • and in the life to come.
  • 00:16:02.810 --> 00:16:04.045
  • Look if the whole dealof being a Christian
  • 00:16:04.045 --> 00:16:05.746
  • was your life will bemiserable until you die
  • 00:16:05.746 --> 00:16:08.916
  • then you go to heaven.
  • 00:16:08.916 --> 00:16:10.151
  • It would still bean amazing deal.
  • 00:16:10.151 --> 00:16:11.852
  • Would it not?
  • 00:16:11.852 --> 00:16:12.953
  • But it's more than that.
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  • Oh yes, there is apromise of heaven
  • 00:16:14.221 --> 00:16:16.357
  • but God promises to makeup to you in this life
  • 00:16:16.357 --> 00:16:20.694
  • that what you have given up.
  • 00:16:20.694 --> 00:16:22.229
  • Jesus made this statementactually in response
  • 00:16:22.229 --> 00:16:24.799
  • to a statement by Peter
  • 00:16:24.799 --> 00:16:26.901
  • Peter said, "Lord, we've lefteverything to follow you."
  • 00:16:26.901 --> 00:16:29.637
  • And then Jesus says in response,
  • 00:16:29.637 --> 00:16:31.272
  • "Listen I tell you this trulyno one who has left home
  • 00:16:31.272 --> 00:16:34.575
  • or brothers or sisters ormother or father or children
  • 00:16:34.575 --> 00:16:37.578
  • or fields for me
  • 00:16:37.578 --> 00:16:39.080
  • and the gospel will failto receive a hundred times
  • 00:16:39.080 --> 00:16:42.316
  • as much in this present agehomes and brothers and sisters
  • 00:16:42.316 --> 00:16:46.454
  • and mothers children's andfields along with persecutions
  • 00:16:46.454 --> 00:16:49.790
  • and in the age tocome eternal life."
  • 00:16:49.790 --> 00:16:53.127
  • I love that.
  • 00:16:53.127 --> 00:16:54.061
  • God will make it up to you.
  • 00:16:54.061 --> 00:16:55.729
  • So Moses made a principledstand in his life.
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  • Know this theevening of your life
  • 00:17:00.367 --> 00:17:03.337
  • is determined by themorning of your life.
  • 00:17:03.337 --> 00:17:06.474
  • The end of your life isdetermined by the beginning.
  • 00:17:06.474 --> 00:17:10.478
  • How important it is tomake the right decisions.
  • 00:17:10.478 --> 00:17:14.415
  • So if you're young, understandthat you are making decisions
  • 00:17:14.415 --> 00:17:18.619
  • now that will affect youfor the rest of your life.
  • 00:17:18.619 --> 00:17:21.822
  • I remember being told as akid, "Oh, brush your teeth.
  • 00:17:21.822 --> 00:17:25.526
  • Be careful to alwaysbrush your teeth."
  • 00:17:25.526 --> 00:17:27.895
  • What do they know?
  • 00:17:27.895 --> 00:17:29.396
  • Yeah, after a lot of trips tothe dentist and later years
  • 00:17:29.396 --> 00:17:32.700
  • I realized they shouldhave paid attention.
  • 00:17:32.700 --> 00:17:34.468
  • Here's another one"Wear sunscreen
  • 00:17:34.468 --> 00:17:36.904
  • don't go there and get burned.
  • 00:17:36.904 --> 00:17:38.539
  • You'll destroy your skin."
  • 00:17:38.539 --> 00:17:39.907
  • What do they know?
  • 00:17:39.907 --> 00:17:40.708
  • Then you wake up one day
  • 00:17:40.708 --> 00:17:41.942
  • and you're dealingwith dermatologists
  • 00:17:41.942 --> 00:17:43.844
  • and you understandthat was all true.
  • 00:17:43.844 --> 00:17:45.679
  • But let's take that intothe spiritual world.
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  • You're making decisionsnow that will affect you
  • 00:17:48.115 --> 00:17:51.118
  • later in life.
  • 00:17:51.118 --> 00:17:52.553
  • And I'm from talking tosomeone who's older right now
  • 00:17:52.553 --> 00:17:55.222
  • you're facing the consequencesof your earlier choices.
  • 00:17:55.222 --> 00:17:59.126
  • Aren't you?
  • 00:17:59.126 --> 00:17:59.960
  • Here's a good examples.
  • 00:17:59.960 --> 00:18:01.195
  • Shadrach, Meshach andAbednego, remember them?
  • 00:18:01.195 --> 00:18:04.231
  • Three young Hebrew teenagerswho took a principled stand
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  • when they were taken asslaves in the Babylon.
  • 00:18:10.404 --> 00:18:12.873
  • But they were elevatedto be in the king's court
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  • to be trained and schooled inthe ways of the Babylonians.
  • 00:18:15.910 --> 00:18:20.214
  • And so there was this amazingfood that was offered to them,
  • 00:18:20.214 --> 00:18:23.651
  • but they along withtheir buddy Daniel
  • 00:18:23.651 --> 00:18:25.553
  • refused to eat of the foodfrom the king's table.
  • 00:18:25.553 --> 00:18:29.557
  • Now we don't know why that is
  • 00:18:29.557 --> 00:18:32.059
  • but it seemed to bea principled stand
  • 00:18:32.059 --> 00:18:35.029
  • made on the basis oftheir commitment to God
  • 00:18:35.029 --> 00:18:38.599
  • and the Lord honoredthem for that.
  • 00:18:38.599 --> 00:18:40.734
  • And then later in life whenthe king erected a golden image
  • 00:18:40.734 --> 00:18:45.372
  • and told everyone to worshipShadrach, Meshach and Abednego
  • 00:18:45.372 --> 00:18:49.143
  • refused to bow but they gotthe courage to do that later
  • 00:18:49.143 --> 00:18:52.346
  • from the principledstand they made earlier.
  • 00:18:52.346 --> 00:18:55.449
  • You see so choicesreally matter.
  • 00:18:55.449 --> 00:18:58.319
  • So the Bible says "Moses was120 years old when he died."
  • 00:18:58.319 --> 00:19:03.324
  • Then we read in Deuteronomy 34
  • 00:19:04.491 --> 00:19:07.328
  • the people of Israelmourned for Moses.
  • 00:19:07.328 --> 00:19:09.964
  • Sometimes when a Christian dies
  • 00:19:11.732 --> 00:19:14.201
  • other well-meaning believersmight say, "Don't cry for them
  • 00:19:14.201 --> 00:19:18.339
  • they're in heaven."
  • 00:19:18.339 --> 00:19:19.573
  • Lemme take a different stance.
  • 00:19:19.573 --> 00:19:22.243
  • When you lose a lovedone who has died in faith
  • 00:19:22.243 --> 00:19:25.446
  • even if it's yourgrandparents, go ahead and cry
  • 00:19:25.446 --> 00:19:30.351
  • because the depth of your sorrow
  • 00:19:30.351 --> 00:19:32.753
  • is an indication ofthe depth of your love.
  • 00:19:32.753 --> 00:19:35.456
  • The people wept when Moses died.
  • 00:19:35.456 --> 00:19:38.125
  • Fast forward tothe New Testament
  • 00:19:38.125 --> 00:19:40.227
  • young Stephen was martyredfor his faith in Christ.
  • 00:19:40.227 --> 00:19:44.431
  • And we read the godlypeople wept over him.
  • 00:19:44.431 --> 00:19:47.801
  • There's somethingthat is very healing
  • 00:19:47.801 --> 00:19:50.271
  • about the mourning process.
  • 00:19:50.271 --> 00:19:52.840
  • So if you've lost a loved one
  • 00:19:52.840 --> 00:19:54.575
  • cry as much as you need to cry
  • 00:19:54.575 --> 00:19:57.845
  • but the key is cry out to God.
  • 00:19:57.845 --> 00:20:00.547
  • When our son Christopher diedin an automobile accident,
  • 00:20:00.547 --> 00:20:04.251
  • I cried literally formonths, for hours on end
  • 00:20:04.251 --> 00:20:09.256
  • but it was sort ofa cleansing process
  • 00:20:10.424 --> 00:20:12.293
  • as I was learning to let go.
  • 00:20:12.293 --> 00:20:14.995
  • But they wept over Moses
  • 00:20:14.995 --> 00:20:17.164
  • because he was such aspecial person chosen by God.
  • 00:20:17.164 --> 00:20:22.136
  • The friend of God.
  • 00:20:22.903 --> 00:20:24.405
  • "I love whatDeuteronomy 34:10 says,
  • 00:20:24.405 --> 00:20:27.274
  • "There had never been anotherprophet in Israel like Moses,
  • 00:20:27.274 --> 00:20:30.778
  • whom the Lord knewface-to-face."
  • 00:20:30.778 --> 00:20:33.547
  • Now listen to this, youhave a closer relationship
  • 00:20:33.547 --> 00:20:38.552
  • with God than Moses had.
  • 00:20:39.286 --> 00:20:41.188
  • Jesus said of John the Baptist
  • 00:20:41.188 --> 00:20:43.524
  • who was the last of theOld Testament prophets.
  • 00:20:43.524 --> 00:20:45.926
  • He says, "I tell you that asgreat as a prophet as John was
  • 00:20:45.926 --> 00:20:50.931
  • he who is least in the kingdomof God is greater than John."
  • 00:20:52.399 --> 00:20:55.069
  • You'd say "Well, wait, how doesthat work, John the Baptist?
  • 00:20:55.069 --> 00:20:58.172
  • How could I begreater than him?"
  • 00:20:58.172 --> 00:21:00.074
  • Greater in as far as youhave an access to God
  • 00:21:00.074 --> 00:21:03.177
  • that John the last of theold Testament prophets had
  • 00:21:03.177 --> 00:21:06.647
  • you have a closerrelationship with God,
  • 00:21:06.647 --> 00:21:08.816
  • even greater than Moses had
  • 00:21:08.816 --> 00:21:11.385
  • because Moses did not haveChrist living in his heart.
  • 00:21:11.385 --> 00:21:15.322
  • You see?
  • 00:21:15.322 --> 00:21:16.557
  • And so when youbelieve in Jesus,
  • 00:21:16.557 --> 00:21:19.159
  • Christ himself comesand lives inside of you
  • 00:21:19.159 --> 00:21:22.162
  • and changes youfrom the inside out.
  • 00:21:22.162 --> 00:21:25.165
  • And if you don't know whatit means to believe in him
  • 00:21:25.165 --> 00:21:27.968
  • I'll tell you howin just a moment.
  • 00:21:27.968 --> 00:21:30.471
  • Lemme conclude by simplysaying the power of one.
  • 00:21:30.471 --> 00:21:33.941
  • One man made allthe differences.
  • 00:21:33.941 --> 00:21:35.409
  • As I said earlier, oneman who was godly living,
  • 00:21:35.409 --> 00:21:38.345
  • had personal integrity in a fact
  • 00:21:38.345 --> 00:21:40.914
  • kept two and a half millionpeople from full-tilt idolatry.
  • 00:21:40.914 --> 00:21:44.818
  • Now let me ask you in closing
  • 00:21:44.818 --> 00:21:46.954
  • and I'm speakingto Christians now
  • 00:21:46.954 --> 00:21:48.956
  • what kind of differenceis your life making?
  • 00:21:48.956 --> 00:21:52.659
  • What kind of legacyare you leaving?
  • 00:21:52.659 --> 00:21:55.963
  • Where are you in your life?
  • 00:21:55.963 --> 00:21:57.097
  • Are you in themorning of your life?
  • 00:21:57.097 --> 00:21:59.366
  • Are you in theafternoon of your life?
  • 00:21:59.366 --> 00:22:01.568
  • Or are you in theevening of your life?
  • 00:22:01.568 --> 00:22:03.570
  • Of course we may not knowbecause when we're young
  • 00:22:03.570 --> 00:22:06.573
  • we'll say, "Well, I'm inthe morning of my life."
  • 00:22:06.573 --> 00:22:08.575
  • I mean, I know I'm gettingtoward the end of my race
  • 00:22:08.575 --> 00:22:12.246
  • in life.
  • 00:22:12.246 --> 00:22:13.480
  • I don't know how manymore years I'll live
  • 00:22:13.480 --> 00:22:15.349
  • or how many more yearsof ministry I'll have
  • 00:22:15.349 --> 00:22:17.918
  • but I know I'm not inthe beginning of it.
  • 00:22:17.918 --> 00:22:20.587
  • But there might be asomeone who's young
  • 00:22:20.587 --> 00:22:22.122
  • who's listening to me
  • 00:22:22.122 --> 00:22:23.590
  • and saying, "Well, I'm inthe beginning, I'm so young."
  • 00:22:23.590 --> 00:22:25.526
  • But you never know when theLord will call you home.
  • 00:22:25.526 --> 00:22:28.362
  • I mentioned my son.
  • 00:22:28.362 --> 00:22:29.930
  • He was only 33 years old
  • 00:22:29.930 --> 00:22:31.598
  • when he was called homeunexpectedly to heaven.
  • 00:22:31.598 --> 00:22:35.469
  • And so you don't know whereyou are in the race of life
  • 00:22:35.469 --> 00:22:38.305
  • and that's why you wannabe ready to meet God.
  • 00:22:38.305 --> 00:22:41.208
  • But I'm praying thatyou will live a life
  • 00:22:41.208 --> 00:22:43.644
  • that is worth emulating.
  • 00:22:43.644 --> 00:22:45.879
  • Corrie ten Boom,a very godly woman
  • 00:22:45.879 --> 00:22:48.549
  • who survived horriblethings during the Holocaust,
  • 00:22:48.549 --> 00:22:52.486
  • getting through aconcentration camp
  • 00:22:52.486 --> 00:22:54.621
  • living to tell the story,made this statement.
  • 00:22:54.621 --> 00:22:57.090
  • And I quote, "A life is notmeasured by its duration,
  • 00:22:57.090 --> 00:23:01.595
  • it's measured by its donation."
  • 00:23:01.595 --> 00:23:04.364
  • We think success is a long life.
  • 00:23:04.364 --> 00:23:06.567
  • No, friends, successis a long life maybe
  • 00:23:06.567 --> 00:23:10.871
  • if it's lived forthe glory of God
  • 00:23:10.871 --> 00:23:12.840
  • but even if it's a short life
  • 00:23:12.840 --> 00:23:14.575
  • if it's lived for God'sglory, that's still a success.
  • 00:23:14.575 --> 00:23:18.045
  • Not the duration,but the donation.
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  • I've talked about death.
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  • Lemme say something else.
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  • There is a generationthat will not see death.
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  • A generation of people thatwill not be laid in a grave
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  • as previous generations were.
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  • A generation accordingto scripture,
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  • that will be caughtup in a moment
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  • in the twinkling of an eye.
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  • And what is sometimescalled the rapture.
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  • When the Lord willcall us home to heaven.
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  • And I believe in mystudy of Bible prophecy
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  • that that event couldhappen at any moment.
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  • When we would meetthe Lord in the air,
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  • he would come for us.
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  • The Bible tells us Christ iscoming again for his people.
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  • And folks, as we look at allthe crazy stuff happening
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  • in our culture right nowall around the world,
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  • we are seeing signs of the times
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  • and all of those signsare saying one thing
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  • Jesus has coming get ready.
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  • If Jesus were to comeback in five hours,
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  • would you be ready?
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  • Would you be certain youwould be ready to meet him?
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  • You say, "Well, howdo you get ready?
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  • What are you eventalking about?"
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  • Here's the bottom line.
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  • All of us are separatedfrom God by our sin.
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  • The Bible says "All have sinned
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  • and fallen short ofthe glory of God."
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  • Every one of us have brokenthe commandments of God.
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  • But the good newsis 2000 years ago
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  • God sent his son Jesus toour planet called Earth
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  • to be born in a manger,then to live a perfect life
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  • and then to die a perfect deathon the cross for our sins.
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  • The Bible simply says"Christ died for our sins."
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  • You see by dying on the cross,
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  • Jesus satisfied therighteous demands of a Holy
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  • and perfect God thatwe have all offended.
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  • And that is why Jesus
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  • and only Jesus is theway to the father.
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  • No other prophet or gurudied on a cross for your sin
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  • and rose again from the dead.
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  • So the bottom line is weneed to realize Jesus died
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  • on that cross for us.
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  • And we need to turn from our sin
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  • and ask him tocome into our life.
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  • And then we will find themeaning and purpose of life
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  • we've been seeking.
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  • Hey, thanks forwatching our TV program.
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  • And I wonder if you yourselfhave accepted Jesus Christ.
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  • You know a lot of times peopletune into programs like this
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  • who aren't believers andthey kind of checking it out.
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  • Maybe you're laughingat it at first.
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  • Maybe you think it's not real.
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  • But something has happened
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  • and maybe it's somethingthat's been said
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  • you've suddenly discoveredyou need Jesus Christ.
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  • You know, the day I acceptedJesus lemme tell you.
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  • It was the last thingI planned on doing.
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  • I didn't plan on becominga Christian that day
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  • but that was the day thatwas appointed in eternity
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  • for me to believe in Jesus.
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  • I wonder if this isnot that day for you.
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  • You've been eavesdropping,you've been checking it out
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  • but now God's speakingright to your heart
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  • and you realize youneed Jesus Christ.
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  • Would you like to haveyour sin forgiven?
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  • Would you like asecond chance in life?
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  • Would you like to goto heaven when you die?
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  • Would you likeyour guilt removed?
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  • Listen, it can all happen
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  • because Jesus Christwent to a cross
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  • and died for your sin and thenrose again three days later
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  • and he'll come into your liferight now and be your savior
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  • and your Lord and the bestfriend you've ever had.
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  • Let's pray together.
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  • Pray this after me, LordJesus I know that I'm a sinner
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  • but I believe you diedon the cross for my sin.
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  • And I'm sorry for that sin.
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  • And I turn from it now
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  • and I ask you to come intomy life and be my savior
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  • and be my Lord and bemy God and be my friend.
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  • I choose to follow youfrom this moment forward.
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  • In Jesus name I pray, amen.
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  • If you just prayed thatprayer I want you to know
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  • on the authority of God's word
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  • that Christ himself hascome to live inside of you.
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  • The Bible says "Thesethings we write to you
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  • that believe in thename of the son of God,
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  • that you may know thatyou have eternal life."
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  • But lemme say, God bless youand welcome to God's family.
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  • ♪ This is the day
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  • ♪ The day when life begins
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